Model plane aviators want to fly at Naranja Town Site
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Bob Schumann (right) and Jim Hilgeford go over their final inspections before the take-off of Schumann's nearly silent electric plane. New technology allows model aviators to fly electric models that are more eco-friendly and no louder than electric fans.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Bob Schumann gets ready to fly his gas-turned-electric model airplane in Marana last Saturday. Schumann and others have been in touch with Oro Valley to allow their club, which flies electric planes, to use the Naranja Town Site.
Trent Kerth/Special to the Explorer, Jim Hilgeford has flown model aircraft since 1976, and he helped Bob Schumann start a Tucson-based flying club in 1984. Since 2006, their club has been without a home airfield.
Trent Kerth/Special to the Explorer, Bob Schumann's electric model aircraft takes flight in Marana last Saturday morning. Schumann has designed, built and flown model airplanes for more than 20 years.